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PDFescape Free PDF Editor

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Editors' Review


PDFs are all over the place, and although they can be handy, we personally feel that they're overused. We hate it when we go to a Web site and information that could easily be displayed on a normal page--such as a restaurant's menu--is instead hidden away in a PDF, which we must then download and view using another application. PDFescape Free PDF Editor lets Chrome users view and even edit PDF files within their browsers. Users should be aware, however, that the program is not really a full-featured PDF editor.

The program installed easily as a Chrome extension, and accessing it is as simple as clicking on the link to the PDF you want to view. A small menu appears allowing users to select whether they want to edit the PDF in PDFescape, edit the PDF in a new tab, or open the file normally by downloading it. We couldn't actually tell any difference between the first two options; both of them opened a new tab within Chrome and displayed an editable version of the PDF. The editor interface is intuitive, with tabs for inserting text and objects and for formatting pages. Users can insert blocks of text, obscure text with a white-out feature, and add shapes and arrows, as well as reorder, rotate, and delete pages. PDFescape works great for filling out PDF forms or making notes on a PDF, but users should be aware that the existing text and images within the PDF cannot be edited. PDFescape can be used without registration, but users who register can save files to the PDFescape server to be accessed later. The program did not appear to have a Help file, but we found it pretty easy to figure out. Overall, we think that PDFescape is a great program, as long as you understand what it is--and isn't--capable of.

PDFescape Free PDF Editor installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this extension to all users.

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1 stars

"Unusable since I HATE chrome!"

October 12, 2015  |  By ganerd

2015-10-12 14:59:48  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: PDFescape Free PDF Editor 0.20


not one single one




Not worth CHROME to use pdf tools.

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5 stars

"Does what other $100 pdf editors do for free"

October 03, 2013  |  By heehee62

2013-10-03 04:36:18  |  By heehee62

 |  Version: PDFescape Free PDF Editor 0.20


Online, no need to download software (go to if link doesn't work)
Does everything a civil engineer needs for commenting on construction drawings
Easy to use


Online use only, not downloadable
Little difficult to switch between colors but not that bad


Excellent substitute for bluebeam revue for civil engineers wanting to redline comments on pdf construction drawings. It's not as good as bluebeam (which costs a lot), but it does everything you need and is free.

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5 stars

"Perfect Tool for fast and easy pdf editing."

December 01, 2011  |  By brandonros

2011-12-01 07:33:19  |  By brandonros

 |  Version: PDFescape Free PDF Editor 0.20


Allows you to erase, type text, add lines, etc. to pdf files and then save them all without installing software on your pc.


No draw tool.

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5 stars

"Simple but effective and NO WATERMARK"

April 22, 2011  |  By HilaryWG

2011-04-22 13:25:12  |  By HilaryWG

 |  Version: PDFescape Free PDF Editor 0.20


Free, effective, and no obnoxious watermark on your final markup. Ideal for filling out PDF forms (without the editable forms built in). Also, you can visit the company site and never have to download this add-on:


Limited capabilities. If you use the Web site, you are limited to four font faces, although size, style, and color are fully editable.


Depends on what your needs are, but this was ideal for me.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Red Software
Publisher web site
Release Date April 13, 2011
Date Added April 13, 2011
Version 0.20
Category Browsers
Subcategory Chrome Extensions
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Google Chrome Beta channel
Download Information
File Size 12.56KB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 116,999
Downloads Last Week 461
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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